Green Your Halloween with National Costume Swap Day

With fall weather in the air, pumpkin patches open and those costume-express-superstores-that vacate-an-empty-out-of-business-furniture-space tells me Halloween is here.

Thankfully there is also the arrival of Green Halloween®, a nationwide non-profit initiative to keep all the fun in the holiday, but make it better for kids and the planet. It began in the Seattle area in 2007 with backers such as Whole Foods Market and was such a huge success that in 2008, the initiative went nation-wide. This year they are declaring October 9th as National Costume Swap Day.

National Costume Swap Day calls for Americans to go green this Halloween by organizing a local kids costume swap in their community. Kids get new-to-them costumes, and parents get to save money and the planet by recycling princess gowns, witches hats, and superhero capes from years past. With a Star Wars fanatic and Wizard/Dragon Whisperer as children, I admit we have lots of costumes in the closet – some have seen better days and other still have lots of life left so an idea like this is another great option for passing on.

Green Halloween has partnered with both KIWI Magazine, a magazine dedicated to raising families the natural and organic way, and Swap.com, the leading swap marketplace with nearly one million members.

“A costume swap is recycling at its most fun,” said Corey Colwell-Lipson, founder of Green Halloween. “It not only means that fewer resources are used to make new products, but also means less packaging and less waste, since costumes often are trashed as soon as Halloween is over. People will really be making a difference in their community.”

This year, official Green Halloween events will be held in almost 20 cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Austin, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Seattle and Phoenix.  For more information, see www.GreenHalloween.org and for tips on how to organize a costume swap, or to find a swap in your area, visit the National Costume Swap website.

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